Three innings later, when the last of the 11 pitchers used in the game threw the last of the 394 pitches in the last of the 302 minutes elapsed, Ortiz won it. Ortiz, who had ended Boston's Division Series sweep of the Anaheim Angels with a home run, became the first player with two walk-off homers in the same postseason. And the Red Sox became the first team since the 1910 Chicago Cubs to stave off a four-game sweep with an extra-inning win.
The Red Sox had extended the series even though, through four games, they had kept the Yankees off base in only four of the 37 innings they'd played and their pitchers had faced a total of four batters while holding a lead. It has been that kind of October, an October flush with offense. It is the time of year that tests even the greatest of pitchers, body and soul.